Samantha Wilson, EdD, ATC, LAT, CPT
Assistant Professor of Health and Human Performance
Director, Athletic Training Program
swilson2 [at] nebrwesleyan.edu (swilson2[at]nebrwesleyan[dot]edu)
Master of Athletic Training
In fall 2025, Nebraska Wesleyan University will offer a two-year post-baccalaureate graduate program for qualified students.
Students with a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (e.g., exercise science) will be able to apply directly for admission to the MAT program beginning in May 2025. MAT graduates will become immediately eligible to take the board of certification exam.
Choose the Nebraska Wesleyan difference.
NWU is a national leader for students passing the CAATE-BOC exam on the first attempt, which is required to be a certified athletic trainer. This success is the foundation for our 100% job placement record.
NWU’s athletic training undergraduates have built an outstanding 98% Board of Certification (BOC) exam pass rate in the past ten years. This is the exam that qualifies candidates to serve as certified athletic trainers.
Here's what makes NWU’s athletic training program so unique
Top clinical rotations
Complete 12 rotations from 20+ partnering clinical sites, including colleges, high schools, sports medicine clinics and general clinics.
Outstanding educational experiences
NWU’s professors are practicing clinicians who value hands-on learning. Our first-year cadaver dissection course gives valuable insights on the body. Choose a specialty certification, like manual therapy or CPR/AED instruction.
Nationally recognized practitioners
NWU partners with 45+ clinical practitioners, including a U.S. athletic trainer of the year, a Nebraska athletic training hall of famer and a national Athletic Training Association director.
NWU integrates research into every athletic training course. Attend state, district and national conferences and present your work on a national stage.
NWU students are consistently honored with state, regional and national athletic training awards. Four NWU students have recently swept honors in all three levels.
Strong alumni network
NWU alumni work in professional settings ranging from schools, universities and clinics to MLB, WWE, the Mayo Clinic and U.S. Army. They also work in medical fields such as physical therapy, occupational therapy and orthopedics.
NWU BOC outcome data
See NWU athletic training students yearly board of certification (BOC) outcome data at CAATE Program Information and Outcomes.